Zoo awards nearly $25,000 in grants for Northwest conservation



Zoo foundation's Future for Wildlife grants aim to help region's threatened species

California condors, wolverines, Columbia Basin pygmy rabbits and other species native to the Pacific Northwest got some much-needed help this week as the Oregon Zoo Foundation awarded nearly $25,000 among six regional conservation efforts through its Future for Wildlife grant program.

"The Pacific Northwest Future for Wildlife program works locally to protect threatened and endangered species and the ecosystems that we all share," said Dr. Nadja Wielebnowski, the zoo's conservation and research manager.

Grants were awarded to the following organizations:

  • Cascade Carnivore Project: $3,000 for monitoring wolverines at their southern range limit.
  • Institute for Applied Ecology: $4142 to support plant production for Taylor's checkerspot butterflies at Coffee Creek Correctional Facility.
  • Northwest Ecological Research Institute: $4,538 to survey Oregon native turtle nests.
  • Santa Barbara Zoo: $4,100 to support a nest-guarding program aimed at protecting the critically endangered California condor.
  • University of Idaho: $4,970 to support genetic monitoring of the Columbia Basin pygmy rabbit.
  • Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife: $4,200 for expanding Oregon spotted frog habitat restoration.

"Generous gifts from our members and supporters help the Oregon Zoo advance its significant wildlife conservation and education programs locally and globally," said Julie Fitzgerald, executive director of the Oregon Zoo Foundation. "The Future For Wildlife grants also receive support from the zoo's historic Quarters for Conservation program, which directs a portion of each admission ticket toward helping Northwest species."

To learn more about the Future for Wildlife program and how to apply for grants, contact nadja.wielebnowski@oregonzoo.org or david.shepherdson@oregonzoo.org. To learn more about supporting the program, contact the Oregon Zoo Foundation at 503-220-2493.

The Oregon Zoo is a service of Metro and is dedicated to its mission of inspiring the community to create a better future for wildlife. Committed to conservation, the zoo is currently working to save endangered California condors, Columbia Basin pygmy rabbits, Oregon silverspot and Taylor’s checkerspot butterflies, Western pond turtles and Oregon spotted frogs. Other projects include studies on black rhinos, Asian elephants, polar bears and bats.
 
The zoo relies in part on community support through donations to the Oregon Zoo Foundation to undertake these and many other animal welfare, education and sustainability programs. The zoo is located five minutes from downtown Portland, just off Highway 26 at exit 72. The zoo is also accessible by MAX light rail line. Visitors who travel to the zoo via MAX receive $1.50 off zoo admission. Find fare and route information online or by calling TriMet Customer Service at 503-238-RIDE (7433).
 
General zoo admission is $10.50 (ages 12-64), $9 for seniors (65 and up), $7.50 for children (ages 3-11) and free for those 2 and younger; 25 cents of the admission price helps fund regional conservation projects through the zoo’s Future for Wildlife program. A parking fee of $4 per car is also required. Additional information is available by calling 503-226-1561.

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